Speech is the most effective medium humans use to exchange and transmit knowledge, ideas and experiences. It exists physiologically as neural and muscular activity, and subsequent articulatory, acoustic and auditory events, and as an abstract, rule-governed system at the psychological level. Together, both levels produce communication by speech. To appreciate speech and its communicative function, all of its characteristics must be understood. This book offers the most comprehensive and accessible coverage of the three areas of phonetics: articulatory, acoustic, and auditory or speech perception. Students without a linguistics background can be daunted by phonetics, so clear language is used to define linguistics and phonetics concepts with examples and illustrations to ensure understanding. Furthermore, each chapter concludes with comprehension exercises to reinforce understanding. Online exercises and recordings of speech stimuli from various languages provide additional opportunity to hone perception, production, phonetic transcription skills and acoustic analysis measurement practice.Read more
- Assumes no prior knowledge of the field, so concepts are explained with beginner audience in mind - each concept is clearly defined and illustrated with examples, illustrations, chapter summaries, hands-on exercises and practice tasks
- Includes instructions on how to use online phonetics software, such as Praat - something students are more commonly asked to do, as well as how to use spectrographs/grams
- Comprehensively covers the three areas of phonetics: articulatory, acoustic, and auditory or speech perception.
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Advance praise: 'An excellent resource for students interested in studying phonetic science. It provides an accessible introduction to key topics in the discipline and also functions as an authoritative point of reference for more complex topics in phonetic analysis.' Damien Mooney, University of BristolSee more reviews
Advance praise: 'Excellent and very well structured … it manages the art of introducing articulatory, acoustic phonetics, and speech perception, in a comprehensive and in-depth yet highly accessible manner.' Ocke-Schwen Bohn, Aarhus Universiteit, Denmark
Advance praise: 'A comprehensive and clear introduction to phonetics … it is impressively broad and up to date - particularly in its coverage of instrumental techniques for analyzing articulatory aspects of speech production.' Matthew Gordon, University of California, Santa Barbara
Advance praise: 'This is an excellent, comprehensive overview to the field of phonetics. It provides clear introductions to each subfield of phonetics, including digital signal processing and hearing, and offers a solid background to the study of phonetics.' Melissa Baese-Berk, University of Oregon
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- Publication planned for: February 2019
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781108418348
- dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
- availability: Not yet published - available from February 2019
Table of Contents
1. Speech articulation. Manner and place
2. Airstream mechanisms and phonation types
4. Transcribing speech
5. Phonemic and morphophonemic analyses
6. Basic acoustics
7. Digital signal processing
8. Acoustic properties of vowels and consonants
10. Speech perception
11. Experimental tools in articulatory phonetics
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